2019 Summer Meeting Tours

Tuesday, August 6
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Journey Through Time Tour

The Journey Through Time tour will begin with a guided tour of the Puye Cliff Dwellings. The ancestral home of the Santa Clara Pueblo atop the breathtaking Pajarito Plateau, Puye overlooks Northern New Mexico’s spectacular mountains and valleys, sources of everyday sustenance and spiritual fulfillment for generations. Around 900 A.D., early pueblo people descended from Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde in the Four Corners region to the Pajarito Plateau, and ancestors of the Santa Clara Pueblo settled at the Puye Cliff Dwellings.

Tour-goers will next visit the Santa Clara Pueblo Forest and hear about watershed rehabilitation and restoration efforts. Lunch will be held at La Cocina before attendees travel to Los Luceros to learn about the region’s acequias. Presentations will be provided by the East Rio Arriba SWCD, New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts (NMACD), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Interstate Stream Commission New Mexico Acequia Association and the New Mexico Acequia Commission.

Attendees will visit the Los Fresquez Diversion Dam in a tour hosted by the Acequia Commissioners and will return to Santa Fe passing by historic Chimayo in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Chimayo was founded near the end of the 17th century by Spanish settlers and is the last surviving fortified plaza in the United States. Chimayo residents are known for their high-quality weaving, red chile, horse and sheep raising, embroidery, wood carving, pottery and fruit orchards.


Home of the Coelophysis Tour

Explore the home of the Coelophysis (little dinosaur); movie set for City SlickersCowboys and AliensRaiders of the Lost Ark and much more; and view the inspirational landscapes for Georgia O’Keeffe’s artistry at the Piedra Lumbre Land Grant.

The tour will begin at Ghost Ranch, home to a unique combination of natural beauty, paleontology, archaeology, history, geology and art. The synergy of Ghost Ranch’s beauty, scientific value, cultural and historical traditions and spirituality make it like no other place in the world. At this stop, tour-goers will have the opportunity to tour museums on the property and tour a trail of local fauna. Lunch will include fajitas and salad, with a gluten-free option.

Tour attendees will then travel to East Rio Arriba Soil and Water Conservation District (ERASWCD), who will provide a presentation on acequias. ERASWCD will also host presentations from the New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts (NMACD), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Interstate Stream Commission New Mexico Acequia Association and the New Mexico Acequia Commission.

Attendees will visit the Los Fresquez Diversion Dam in a tour hosted by the Acequia Commissioners and will return to Santa Fe passing by historic Chimayo in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Chimayo was founded near the end of the 17th century by Spanish settlers and is the last surviving fortified plaza in the United States. Chimayo residents are known for their high-quality weaving, red chile, horse and sheep raising, embroidery, wood carving, pottery and fruit orchards.


Taos Historical/Cultural Tour

Join us for a whirlwind tour of historic Taos, New Mexico! Set high up in the Rocky Mountains along the majestic Rio Grande Gorge, Taos is home to over 1,000 years of history.

The tour will begin with a stop at the historic San Francisco de Asis Mission Church in Ranchos de Taos. The church was built in the early 1800s and has been artistically recorded by 20th century artists including Georgia O’Keefe and Ansel Adams. It is said to be one of the most photographed and painted churches in the world.

Next, the tour will visit an Acequia diversion recently restored by the Taos SWCD. The group will then head to the new Taos SWCD office building, which combines historical design, modern technology and native food producing, and medicinal and pollinator landscaping that utilizes every drop of precious water that lands on the property.

For lunch, tour-goers will enjoy traditional northern New Mexican food at the award-winning Historic Taos Inn, named “one of America’s great inns” by National Geographic Traveler. After lunch, tour attendees will head over to the Taos Pueblo – the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-story adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1,000 years. The Pueblo visit will begin with guided tours and then allow participants some free time to explore shops.

The final stop on the tour will be at the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge – the second-highest bridge on the U.S. Highway System. The bridge was awarded the “Most Beautiful Steel Bridge” in the “Long Span” category by the American Institute of Steel Construction and has appeared in several films, including Paul, Terminator: Salvation, Natural Born Killers, Wild Hogs and White Sands.

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